The Texas House adjourned a special legislative session yesterday without passing a bill that would have limited transgender people's access to bathrooms in schools and public buildings. The measure, until it died, had the support of Republican Governor Greg Abbott and the Senate, but business leaders and civil rights groups opposed it, arguing it would "advance bigotry" and have negative effects on the state economy.

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UPDATE AS OF 1:35 PM: The North Carolina state legislature voted 70-48 to pass the HB2 replacement. The measure will now head to the desk of Governor Roy Cooper, who supports it.

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UPDATE AS OF 4 PM EST: It's official: North Carolina GOP Gov. Pat McCrory has signed legislation stripping power from the governor's office before his successor, Democrat Roy Cooper, takes office next year.

North Carolina Republicans who control the General Assembly called a surprise special session to present bills designed to strip power from the newly progressive governor and state Supreme Court amid heated ideological battles in the state.

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[DIGEST: Reuters, New York Times]

The Obama administration will issue a directive on Friday telling every U.S. public school district to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. The letter, signed by officials from the Justice and Education Departments, does not have the force of law. It does, however, state that schools which do not abide by the directive could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid.

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